In America, now officially a police state, you will be tasered in your own home if you lip off to the police.
Senior citizen Peter McFarland of Marin County, California, discovered this after he fell down the stairs outside his home last year. On June 29, 2009, McFarland tumbled down the stairs and after his wife called paramedics the cops showed up. They entered McFarland’s home and tasered him because they claimed he was suicidal.
“We want to take you to the hospital for an evaluation, you said if you had a gun, you’d shoot yourself in the head,” a deputy can be heard saying on a video of the incident captured on a taser mounted camera. McFarland said the comment was hyperbole made because he was in pain.
“Stand up, put your hands behind your back or you’re going to be tased,” the deputy commanded. McFarland refused, told the police in no uncertain terms to get out of his house, so the cop tased him not once, but three times, as his wife looked on in horror and pleaded with the cops to stop because her husband has a heart condition.
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyMtZtv05Ok
McFarland’s lawyer, John Scott, said the cops did not have a search warrant or any reason to enter the McFarland residence. Scott told KGO-TV in San Francisco his client was arrested, jailed and charged with resisting arrest. A judge later dismissed the charge. McFarland has filed suit against the Marin County Sheriff’s Department.
Lesson? Cops no longer need a search warrant in order to enter your home and torture you with a device akin to field telephone magnetos used on prisoners during the Vietnam War.
In fact, far too many cops have no idea what the Fourth Amendment stands for or do they understand that in large part the American Revolution was fought because agents of the crown used general warrants to enter homes, interrogate colonists, and seize “prohibited and uncustomed” goods.
John Adams, founding father and the second president of the United States, viewed these events “as the spark in which originated the American Revolution.” Adams and the founders understood a man’s home is his castle, as Edward Coke declared a century before, and a fortress “for his defense against injury and violence,” a concept that seems to be largely lost on many Americans.
Is it possible the actions of new agents of the crown, in the paid service of bankers and transnational corporations, will contribute to a new revolution? Or will we continue to tolerate ever increasing brutality from sadistic cops who enter our homes illegally and torture us for refusing to obey commands and for the impertinence of telling them to mind their own business?
Yes. The fact that this episode – and the many others like it – hasn’t generated a tsunami of public outrage is a measure of how far down the road (to an out of the closet police state) we’ve traveled. No reasonable person will object to a cop defending himself against a legitimate physical threat. An older person being uncooperative – or a woman “mouthing off” over a traffic ticket – doesn’t qualify as a physical threat.
Aren’t cops supposed to be able to handle themselves? To be tough guys? In my book, it’s far from tough to brutalize helpless people who are neither armed nor dangerous.
I’ll go you one better eric. Just Sat. in a wealthy country club suburb in Ft. Worth a 72 year old man was gunned down standing in his garage by the cops after his burglar alarm went off. The cops told him to drop his handgun and they probably did, screaming in that maniacal way they do even I can’t understand what they’re saying and this guy may and probably was deaf as a nit. That didn’t stop them from “fearing for their lives” and gunning him down in his own garage. That’ll teach him to look out for his own. I doubt it taught him anything since he died right there and probably thought a burglar had gotten him before he expired.
I 100% agree with Eric. I hope these little bastards get locked up for a long time. This tazer business has gone too far –it’s killed people and is now being acknowledged by Amenesty International. McFarland could have easily been killed!
I use to live in Marin –its such a quiet, affluent place that these cops will do ANYTHING for some action. The poor guy has terminal pancreatic cancer (the worst kind) and they shock him nearly to death. I for one am going to be protesting this if these bastards get off.
Protest at their homes with gasoline and a lighter, at about 1 AM. 😀
Pig roasts are always fun…
It’s pretty fucked up – and you’re right: It seems like if they keep repeating, “Stop resisting!” they have license to do anything…
No dude right in his head – cop or not – does something like this to an obviously weaker old person or woman. In all these cases I’ve seen, the person who got Tasered was not even a possible physical threat to the cop. Let alone an actual one. Mouthing off is not “resisting.” It’s certainly not a physical threat to the cop. Asking questions, even yelling, doesn’t rise to the level where the cop is entitled to brutalize someone – especially when these “tough guys” – these (supposed) “heroes” – are invariably strong young men and if they had some reasonable justification for physically restraining the person, all it would take is a bear hug or some such. These guys aren’t just bullies – they’re pussies.
Eric, some may not believe this, but I recently had a conversation with a cop acquaintance of mine, who told me that when they ( he and his brothers in blue) received their tasers, their superiors told them that they were to try to use them at least once or twice a week. If they didn’t, they could be reprimanded! I’m not joking here, my jaw hit the floor when he told me this. They actually have a quota for tasing the people, just like the well known quota they have for writing so may tickets per day/week. It’s all about constantly justifying the cost and use of their ever increasing arsenal of military style weapons. By the way, this county ( McHenry County Illinois) has an armored tank as well.
Jeff, about 7 years ago, on a coin collector’s forum I frequented, one member who was a cop was talking about being issued a Tazer. He ended the post by remarking that he couldn’t wait to use his on someone.
I have no trouble believing what you just posted.
I’m starting to notice a pattern with cops and the use of the taser.
1. Victims seem to not be breaking any laws
2. They are targeting more and more elderly
I think the first thing they are teaching the cops is when tasing someone you must keep repeating “stop resisting” while simultaneously shocking the shit out of them. Without the words “stop resisting” being orally repeated you only score half the points!
Kind of makes me want to come up with a slogan of my own for when my opportunity to shine comes – How’s this, “I’m gonna beat you to death?”